Special Olympics Flame of Hope Comes Through Charlottesville With Help From Local Police

By: News Email
By: News Email

June 6, 2013

Police in Central Virginia hit the streets tonight for the Law Enforcement Torch Run.

Officers from across the state joined Special Olympics Athletes in carrying the Flame of Hope torch on a part of its 1,900 Mile journey to the Special Olympics Summer Games opening ceremony in Richmond on Friday, June 7.

The runners carreid the torch from the Albemarle County Police Department to the Omni Hotel on the Downtown Mall.

One organizer told CBS19 that the heavy rain did not dampen the runner's spirits.

"Most of us will endure 45 minutes of rain versus what the athletes endure on a daily basis, it's a drop in the bucket" says Sgt. Steve Wilkins of the Albemarle County Police.

"I think if they can endure and persevere the way they do and be so inspirational, I think we can handle 45 minutes"

The torch's journey began in Britol on Saturday.

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